Posted 25 July 2018, after his activity level suddenly dropped to zero in May.Scotching a rumour
I'm posting this here simply to scotch a rumour that the reason I've stopped contributing to Wikipedia is either because I'm dead or I'm suffering from a life-threatening cancer of the bladder.
As you can see, the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated, and I've rarely been in better health, so apologies for that.
The reason I stopped contributing to this project was because I no longer have any faith in it, and I see little to be gained by attempting to contribute while simultaneously being subjected to various levels of abuse. Besides, many people, including his highness Jimbo Wales, appear to believe that I ought to have left years ago, so at least I've made them happy. No doubt everyone has noticed how much more congenial the atmosphere here has been since my departure, thus proving Jimbo to have been correct.
I have projects of my own I wish to concentrate on now, but I wish all the editors I've collaborated with in the past the best of luck in their future endeavours to improve Wikipedia's content, despite my belief that's ultimately a futile effort.
When you look at his subsequent activity profile, this idea he lost faith in Wikipedia completely, is the least plausible. For he didn't actually leave, only registering zero edit months in that July, and again in September.
Cancer is the most plausible - the shock of diagnosis, the struggles during his treatment, and now the green shoots of recovery.
Second most plausible is that he has done what he has done before, and tried to find peace while editing with a sock. It fits the crisis departure, the continuing low level engagement, and the nature of the edits has had made with his main accoiunt, things he couldn't plausibly do with his sock, and the sort of unprovoked sniping which portrays a very frustrated and angry person for whom an attempted reincarnation has yet again proved not to be the panacea he thought it would be. He has either been discovered and quietly tipped off, or he has realized his sock was on the same path of discovery that his previous one was and is voluntarily ramping it down, because the issue is his behavior deriving from his personality, not as he previously thought, the reputation of the "Eric Corbett" brand.
If he could create a sock that doesn't behave like Eric Corbett at all, or at least retained all the good and dumped the bad, well, I'm sure nobody would complain. But he can't. If he was capable of that, he would be capable of the far more attractive option of simply stopping being an asshole.
It's only a theory. But if someone can explain to me why the person who wrote that post and who was being genuine and truthful in it, would then go and do what they have done since, I'm all ears.